We answer your Varicose Vein Questions

If you’re suffering from varicose veins or as some call them “leg veins” and are thinking about treatment, we understand you may have a lot of questions regarding the condition itself and options available to you. We thought we would help you out by answering some of the most popular varicose vein queries our patients ask us.

  1. Why do varicose veins appear?

Veins help transport blood towards our heart. This requires the blood to flow upwards, against gravity, with the assistance of a series of muscle contractions, as well as one-way valves, acting as one-way flaps preventing the blood from flowing backwards. Sometimes, these valves can weaken or break, or fail to close properly, causing our blood to be transported back to the legs. The backed-up blood causes the veins to gradually bulge, leading to varicose veins. These damaged veins have no purpose so it is completely safe for them to be removed.

This is not an uncommon occurrence. Approximately one fifth of us will experience varicose veins with time, and women are more prone to the condition than men. Risk factors for developing varicose veins include gender, age, obesity, genetics and pregnancy.

  1. What is a good treatment for the removal of varicose veins?

There are several options for varicose vein treatment. It will depend upon your individual requirements as to what treatment is appropriate for you.

NICE (National Institute for Clinic Excellence) recommend endothermal ablation (endovenous laser treatment (EVLA) or Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)) should first of all be offered to varicose vein patients. EVLA in particular is regarded by NICE as the Gold Standard varicose vein treatment. NICE then advise that patients unsuitable for such procedures, should be offered Foam Sclerotherapy, and if again unsuitable, surgery should be provided.

At The Private Clinic, along with NICE recommendations, we first of all offer EVLA to suitable patients and are proud to offer a team of pioneers of the procedure. For patients ineligible for EVLA, we offer liquid and foam Sclerotherapy, and the surgical procedure, Phlebectomy. A minimally invasive surgical treatment, a phlebectomy procedure requires much less downtime and recovery than the traditional surgical method, vein stripping, still used by many clinics.

Another option we provide is the innovative and quick and painless treatment, Veneseal, or ‘superglue’ treatment. Veneseal Adhesive (Glue) is a medical grade; safe glue using used to effectively and safely close off varicose veins.

Sometimes, a combination of procedures will be appropriate. At The Private Clinic, we perform free ultrasound scans in consultations to determine what exactly is required, and how treatment should best be tailored to your needs.

Please see below what each of our varicose vein treatments involves, all being minimally-invasive, walk-in-walk-out procedures, taking under an hour:

Vein Treatment What’s involved in a vein treatment?
EVLA (Endovenous Laser Ablation) The damaged vein is located with the use of ultrasound technology, prior to collapsing the vein wall with laser heat.
Sclerotherapy (Liquid or Foam) A chemical is injected within your varicose veins. This damages the vein and causes it to close off, and the vein gradually shrinks then disappears.
Phlebectomy Small incisions are made, and a hook is inserted within the incision which hooks onto a part of the vein. The vein is then removed.
Veneseal The leg is numbed prior to the insertion of a small catheter. An ultrasound guides the catheter through the varicose vein, and the catheter dispenses small measures of the medical grade glue, which closes the vein.

 

  1. What doctor do you visit for varicose vein removal?

With more minimally invasive varicose vein procedures now being available, clinics are able to offer a variety of practitioners for varicose vein treatments, such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, ultrasound technologists and doctors.

Although, to ensure you will achieve the best possible results and care, we recommend you only select an experienced consultant vascular surgeon for the procedure, highly trained in diagnosing and managing varicose veins. At The Private Clinic, we only ever offer Consultant Vascular Surgeons for the procedure, with extensive experience in treating varicose veins.

  1. What happens when a varicose vein ruptures?

Varicose veins can be susceptible to spontaneous rupture or bleeding, with veins most at risk being those closest to the skin surface. And what causes the vein to rupture? With time, varicose veins increase in size, and their walls gradually weaken and stretch out. And these very weak veins are also under high pressure, due to the pooling and ‘backflow’ of blood within the veins. This can lead to the veins bursting spontaneously and bleeding significantly. Being under high pressure, the bleeding is profuse and rapid and difficult to stop. Although painless, this is a big nuisance and can be problematic.

Immediately after a vein rupture, the patient must lie down and elevate the leg and apply direct pressure on the area. If this does not stop bleeding, you must get immediate medical advice.

What can prevent rupture? Varicose vein removal in the first place can prevent vein rupture from occurring. And if you have experienced vein rupture, treatment will prevent this happening again. The problem will additionally only become worse if not treated.

As well as spontaneous bursting, bleeding varicose veins can arise after minimal trauma. The injury would not need to be severe, a gentle knock or brushing against a furniture corner for example, may cause this.

  1. Are varicose veins harmful?

For many with the condition, their varicose veins are only a cosmetic problem. Although, complications from varicose veins often arise several years following the veins’ appearance.

Having untreated varicose veins can put you at risk of developing ulcers, blood clots, venous disease and hyperpigmentation. A recent study by The Journal of American Medical Association also found that adults with varicose veins were at a significantly higher risk of having deep vein thrombosis.  

In addition to such complications, Varicose veins can also cause several painful symptoms, including swelling, aching, leg fatigue, cramping, itching and heaviness.

Why choose The Private Clinic for Varicose Vein Treatment?

  • We offer first class support & aftercare
  • Over 7,000 vein procedures performed
  • All of our varicose vein treatments are minimally invasive, and performed without large surgical incisions or general anaesthetic
  • Competitively priced walk-in-walk-out treatments completed in under an hour
  • Aimed at tackling the cause of the issue, which is why we provide a free ultrasound scan in consultations to all patients (normally costing £350-£250 at other clinics)
  • Treatments carried out by some of the top Consultant Vascular Surgeons in the country

“I, personally, am over the moon…I have my confidence back and that feels fantastic.” Laura, EVLA patient

On our website, read all about our patient, Laura’s, varicose vein treatment story.

Find out more about our varicose vein treatments on our website. You can learn the answers to over 30 more varicose vein treatment FAQs, see patient before and after photos, patient reviews and more.

If you would like to arrange a varicose vein consultation with one of our renowned Consultant Vascular Surgeons, please call us on 0333 920 2471 or you can book via our website. Our industry leading surgeons and our clinic locations include, Harley Street, Manchester, Birmingham, Essex, Leeds, Bristol, Glasgow, Bexhill and Bournemouth:

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Is liposuction available on the NHS?

If you’re interested in liposuction you may be thinking about what your options are, and if the NHS can help you. In this blog post, we discuss the limits to liposuction with the NHS, and what The Private Clinic is able to offer you.

Can the NHS treat me?

Due to typically being a cosmetic procedure (used to enhance your appearance), liposuction is usually unavailable on the NHS. The NHS can only offer liposuction as reconstructive surgery, to treat patients with specific conditions, including:

Condition Description
Lipoedema A chronic condition usually generating an abnormal fat cell build up in the thighs, legs and buttocks, and occasionally in the arms.
Lymphoedema The chronic condition causes swelling and excessive fluid in several bodily areas.
Lipodystrophy A syndrome in which fat is gained in one bodily area and lost from another.
Gynecomastia The NHS may be able to treat extreme cases of Gynecomastia. Gynecomastia occurs when the male breasts swell to become larger in size than usual, and is usually a result of a hormone imbalance.
Breast Cancer Your body tissue, including body fat can be used to create a new breast following a mastectomy.

I want liposuction for cosmetic purposes

If you’re looking to treat liposuction for cosmetic purposes, and do not suffer from one of the above conditions, private cosmetic clinics can help you to achieve your goals.

However, it should be your priority to choose the right clinic and surgeon that will help you achieve safe and effective results.

We advise you to check your surgeons experience and qualifications, for example, for training in plastic and general surgery, and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. Importantly, ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photos and check out patient reviews for an idea of what you can expect with that surgeon.

What can The Private Clinic offer me?

We can offer you peace of mind that you will achieve the best possible results for you. Collectively, our liposuction doctors have undertaken the highest amount of minimally-invasive liposuction procedures within the UK and represent pioneers of their treatments. The Private Clinic have more than 30 years of experience within the industry, and every year; carry out approximately 2000 liposuction treatments. Our commitment to excellence is also shown in our patient care and aftercare, which is always delivered to the highest standard.

At The Private Clinic, we provide the below award winning range of liposuction treatments to ensure that we meet every need. We also customise each treatment specifically to each individual patient’s requirements, as we know that each patient’s body is unique:

  • Micro Liposuction: An advanced minimally-invasive technique using extremely small cannulas from 0.9mm to 3mm. The method can remove up to 3.5 litres of fat and is able to target small areas including the chin, knees, inner thighs and upper arms, as well as more commonly treated areas including the chest, flanks and abdomen with high precision.
  • Vaser Liposuction: The minimally-invasive method is performed on specific stubborn fatty areas, and can extract up to 3 litres of fat (or 4% of your body weight) per sitting. Available on most bodily regions, including the stomach, knees, upper arms, thigh and neck.
  • If you desire further precision, we also provide several advanced Vaser Liposuction procedures, including Vaser Hi-Definition, Vaser 4D, Mid-Def and Vaser 360.
  • For patients who need or want surgical intervention we also provide the traditional Surgical Liposuction. The more invasive option can be performed on most areas of the body and suitable candidates are often larger patients with a high BMI.

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“Excellent Company and Fantastic and Professional Surgeon from beginning to end the care I have received was more than I could have expected. Dr Wolf was professional and kind … All of the staff at the clinic have been amazing. As for the procedure, the pain was minimal and the results were excellent. I never expected for drastic results as I have quite muscly legs but in terms of shape, I feel so much more confident and feel comfortable in my jeans.” Vaser Liposuction Patient

If you are suffering from Lipoedema, Lymphoedema or Gynecomastia and would prefer to undergo private treatment, we can also offer liposuction treatments for patients with these conditions. Enquire today by calling 0333 920 9135 or via our website to find out more information.

 “I can finally feel confident to take my top off on holiday and can comfortably wear t-shirts without having to hide in black baggy tops! It’s completely changed my look; it’s made me love me more.” – Alex, Gynecomastia Patient.

Watch Alex’s Male Chest Reduction patient testimonial on our website.

 

I can honestly say that it was the best thing I have ever done. The treatment was straightforward – it was carried out under local anaesthetic and I was in and out the same day – and my leg more than halved in size following the procedure. “ Judith, Micro Liposuction Patient for treating Lymphoedema

 What’s next?

If you are interested in liposuction treatment with The Private Clinic, see our website for extensive information on our procedures, including answers to FAQ’s, patient stories and before and after photos.

If you are at the stage where you would like to arrange a consultation, we offer free nationwide Vaser Liposuction, Micro Liposuction and Surgical Liposuction consultations with our highly knowledgeable and experienced patient advisors, who can provide useful information and answer queries before you see a surgeon. We also offer consultations for Vaser Liposuction, Micro Liposuction and the traditional method, with our expert industry leading liposuction surgeons. Consultations can be booked by calling 0333 920 9135 or via our website at theprivateclinic.co.uk . Surgeon consultations for Vaser Liposuction are available in Harley Street London, Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham and Northampton. Micro Liposuction surgeon consultations are available in Harley Street London, and Surgical Liposuction consultations are available in Harley Street London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Buckinghamshire and Northampton.

To give you as much flexibility as possible, we also provide a range of finance options and packages. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the available options and arrange your application.

 

 

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Tribal Earlobe Correction

Tribal Earlobe Correction

Tribal ear surgery is actually one of the fastest-growing cosmetic procedures within the UK. Ear stretching was previously a rising trend but now many with tribal ear piercing are experiencing difficulty seeking employment.

What are Tribal Ears?

Tribal Ears are an alternative name for an ear piercing technique known as ear stretching. It involves placing a cone-shaped taper into a previous piercing in the ear which is then gradually increased in size stretching the hole.

The tribal reference most likely comes from the ear stretching techniques history with the Maasai tribes of Kenya and Huaorani tribes of the Amazon to name a few.

How are tribal ears corrected?

Tribal or stretched earlobes are corrected by earlobe repair surgery that is often performed under local anaesthetic. An incision is made in the stretched earlobes before a section is removed and then stitched to repair the affected area.  It is a relatively quick procedure taking around 20-30 minutes.

The downtime after the procedure is minimal with many patients returning back to work

You can see a tribal earlobe procedure being performed here

Why would you want to correct tribal ears?

Stretched earlobes do not generally occur naturally and work and time has often gone in to creating the appearance of them. In some cases if the earlobe was not stretched significantly then you may be able to remove the plug holding the shape and it will eventually shrink back to a presentable size, but if the stretched earlobe is too large then a surgical procedure will be required to fix it.

The majority of patients who want their stretched earlobes corrected are slightly older or are starting their working life and complain that they feel their job options are limited because of the piercing and some patients complain of keloid scarring caused by the stretching of the skin.

Case Study – Sam

The Private Clinic patient, Sam came to visit us feeling deflated after being rejected from countless jobs. Sam had his first earlobe stretchers put in after being inspired by his favourite heavy metal heroes.

Sam was becoming tiresome of the ‘disapproving looks’ from people in the street and with people constantly asking about the appearance of his ears.

Working in a high street store, he had a keen interest in finding a career in engineering but felt his rockstar image was ruining his career chances.

“I’ve avoided applying for jobs in the past because mentally, I already felt defeated. I was also sick of the questions, with people constantly asking about my ears.

‘I think my friends who have earlobe stretchers are not moving up as fast in the workplace, or not reaching their full potential, because of their ears. I believe in self-expression but realise now that it is not worth my future.”

Sam finally decided to go ahead with Tribal ear correction surgery at our Fitzroy hospital in London with Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards who said;

Before they come to see me, many people put off the process for years, believing that any corrective procedure would be painful and expensive. But, in reality, this is an issue that can often be corrected quickly and simply, without the need for a painful operation or lengthy downtime.”

Sam is now enjoying his new appearance and feels the 30 minute procedure has opened up a wider range of options and career opportunities.

To read more about Sam’s story click here

Where can I have Tribal Ear correction?

Tribal earlobe correction consultations are available with;

To find out more about earlobe repair or to book a free consultation please call 0333 920 9135 or click here.

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Volite Anti-Ageing Treatment

The sun’s UV rays, pollution and bad habits all take effect on our skin, leaving us with a dull, dry, aged and leathery texture.

But luckily for us, there is a highly effective solution, turning back the years and giving us a glowing, dewy, more youthful looking complexion! Our skin boosting treatment, the advanced Juvéderm Volite Dermal Filler, treats such damage. The mesotherapy-like solution uses the rejuvenating power of hyaluronic acid to hydrate and improve the elasticity of skin, add volume and remove fine lines, with safe, natural-looking and long-lasting results.

What is Volite?

As we mentioned, Volite Dermal Fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid. This acid is filler occurring naturally, and found in abundance, in the skin as well as our joints, cartilage and more.

Sometimes called “nature’s moisturiser”, the acid boasts a very high-water capacity, helping to hydrate our skin. Stimulating collagen production, the miracle ingredient also increases skin elasticity.

Daily, about one third of our hyaluronic acid is produced and broken down. But unfortunately, with time, our natural ability to regenerate hyaluronic acid gradually decreases.

The state-of-the-art filler also contain the local anaesthetic, Lidocaine, helping to numb the area and allow treatment to be as comfortable as possible.

This formulation of Volite means that it can be used in conjunction with other anti-ageing treatments.

What’s the difference between Volite and Wrinkle Injections?

Although both are injectable treatments, they work very differently. Wrinkle injections relax muscles causing wrinkles to appear, while Volite uses hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate and add volume to the area, for a younger looking appearance.

What’s involved?

Volite involves very small superficial injections using an ultrafine needle and can be applied in specific areas. But many patients opt for an overall “facial-esque” boost, with tiny “blobs” of the filler applied all over the face. The treatment can also be applied to the neck, hands and décolletage.

The amount used will depend on the area being treated. 1 syringe (1ml) may be used for targeting specific areas; while a full face treatment would likely require 2 syringes (2ml).

How long does the treatment take?

Treatment takes approximately 45 minutes for 1 syringe, and one hour for two syringes, as topical anaesthetic cream is applied prior to treatment. The anaesthetic included in the filler makes the treatment virtually painless; however, also using topic anaesthetic will make the treatment more comfortable.

When will I see the results?

You may find you have some bruising and swelling initially, however, this commonly subsides within one week. Final results from the treatment will be seen approximately one month after treatment.

How often will I require treatment?

With just one treatment, Volite provides you with a refreshed appearance with incredible added moisture. Although, multiple sessions will achieve you optimum results.

As a maintenance treatment, we usually recommend one treatment every 6-9 months. However, depending on the severity of the problem shorter intervals may be required.

The Private Clinic

At The Private Clinic, we want to ensure you have the upmost confidence in your practitioners expertise, products used and results you can expect. In choosing us for treatment, you will be treated by only highly experienced surgeon prescribers, doctors and nurses, who have extensive additional training in order to qualify in undertaking and prescribing Dermal filler injections. Our Volite treatments also use only fully approved products of the highest quality, prescribed by renowned manufacturers, such as Allergen.

As every patient’s skin is different, so should their treatment be. That’s why we offer our patients a free Volite consultation where we can develop your customised treatment plan. One of our aesthetic specialists will discuss and assess your skin needs and go through your medical history, in order to advise if Volite is the best treatment for you, the quantity to be used, areas to target, and what can be achieved for you. Our Volite treatments are available at our clinics in Harley Street LondonBirmingham, BristolManchesterLeeds, GlasgowNorthampton and Buckinghamshire. Consultations can be booked via our website or by calling 0333 920 9135.

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What can dermal filler be used for?

As we age, our face can lose its youthful plumpness leaving us to look older than we actually are. The most common areas on the face to lose volume from are cheeks and lips and fine lines and wrinkles can appear causing a sunken appearance. Here at The Private Clinic we offer an ideal treatment to restore volume back into these areas and reduce the appearance of fines lines and wrinkles.

What is dermal filler?

Dermal Filler is made up of hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance found within your own body. The amount of hyaluronic acid that is found in the skin gradually begins to reduce as you age which can result in skin looking tired. Dermal filler injections work to reintroduce hyaluronic acid back into areas that are lacking which can include lips, mouth lines and cheeks.

What is cheek filler?

Cheek fillers help to create a youthful curve to the cheeks and give the appearance of strong facial contours. Dermal filler restores to the lost volume and provides a lifting effect to correct sunken cheeks and restores your face profile back to how it once was. Cheek fillers are also popular with younger patients who are looking to achieve a more defined appearance to their cheeks and facial profile.

What are lip fillers?

Dermal Lip fillers add volume to your lips helping to enhance your lips’ natural pattern to give them an overall pleasing and full appearance. Dermal filler restores the lost volume to thin lips as well as helping to define the borders of the lips giving them a more defined and plump shape.

What are chin fillers?

Dermal chin filler is a technique where dermal filler is injected into the chin to help reshape and contour the chin to enhance natural features and re-contour areas of concern. Dermal fillers are great at improving the shape, profile, projection and symmetry of the chin.

Under the eyes (Tear Trough)

Tear trough filler is a specialist treatment aimed at reducing the dark area under the eye.  Dark circles are actually caused by shadows forming under the eye due to shallowness in the area often caused by fat loss and thinning of the skin over time. Dermal filler gel is very carefully injected, either directly into the depression or just beneath it to increase volume and plump up the area whilst smoothing the contours between eye and cheek.

What else are dermal fillers used for?

As well adding volume to the lips, cheek and chin, dermal fillers can also be used for;

Are dermal fillers safe?

Dermal Fillers can be safe treatments providing you have done your research beforehand. Before you book in for your treatment, ensure that you have looked for a reputable professional for the job. Dermal filler injections should only be carried out by surgeons, doctors, dentists or nurses. A beautician for example would have not had had the same training and will not be able to prescribe any medication or alternative treatment should anything go wrong.

At The Private Clinic all of our injectable treatments are carried out by cosmetic doctor, nurse or surgeon prescribers, who have undergone extensive additional training to qualify in prescribing and performing Dermal Filler injections.

Dermal Filler injections are available at; Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, London Harley Street, Manchester and Northampton.

To find out more about dermal fillers or to book a free consultation please call 0333 920 9135 or click here.

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Breast Augmentation Recovery and Aftercare

We believe it’s important for patients to know what to expect after breast augmentation, in terms of temporary precautionary measures required, healing and recovery time and expected side effects.

So we’ve provided an aftercare checklist of measures to follow and laid out useful information about what to expect in the post-surgery period, along with important advice.

Aftercare Essentials:

  1. Stay hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is important in your recovery. Constipation is common after surgery, and water can help move things along. Swelling can also be reduced with water consumption. Also ensure to avoid carbonated and caffeinated drinks at first, and completely avoid alcohol.
  2. Surgical Bra: You will be wearing your surgical bra when you wake up after breast augmentation This must be worn for approximately 4-6 weeks after the operation depending on your healing progress. Although, between washes you can use another support bra. After this stage, you can speak to your surgeon about appropriate alternative styles of bras.
  3. Clothing: We advise sticking to zipped jackets and button up shirts for a while after surgery. This avoids complications due to over-stretching yourself early on.
  4. Bathing/Showering: You should avoid immersing the wound in water, for approximately 6 weeks. If you ensure not to get the area excessively wet, you should be able to have a shower a week after surgery, although following this, make sure to pat the area dry. Baths usually are not advised, however, a shallow bath where the wounds are not submersed in water should be fine.
  5. Taking Medication: Ensure to take any pain medication with or after food to help avoid feelings of sickness and other unwanted side effects or complications.
  6. Sleeping: Being as upright as possible is important, so we advise sleeping on your back and in an elevated position for up to 6 weeks. It may feel unnatural at first, but sleeping on your back can really help reduce swelling or discomfort, in addition to help avoid the risk of the implant shifting prior to healing.
  7. Resting Time: We recommend resting for a week following your procedure. You can walk gently and perform very light duties, but any heavy lifting or stretching is not recommended in the first 10 days. We encourage keeping mobile however, and moving your legs, arms and body regularly to avoid becoming stiff.
  8. Time-Off Work: We advise taking 7-10 days leave from work, although patients with manual jobs involving heavy lifting may require two weeks. For this duration, you may need to arrange help around the house, and with childcare.
  9. Exercise: We typically advise avoiding exercise for a minimum of 4 weeks post surgery, and avoiding strenuous activities or heavy lifting until 6 weeks after the procedure and your surgeon has given confirmation.
  10. When can I drive: Your plastic surgeon will advise on when it is suitable for you to continue driving. You do not want to risk pulling muscles or sudden movements in the breast area in the early recovery stage. Also do not drive while on your course of pain medication, which can increase drowsiness.

Healing and Recovery:

You may experience temporary swelling and bruising after the procedure, which will likely subside in two to three weeks. Ensure to use painkillers to minimise any pain, and do not worry if you feel pain just one of your breasts, as your breasts may not be healing at the same pace. You may experience some tingling or numbness, or be very sensitive on your nipples, breasts and scars following surgery. This is entirely normal and should resolve at approximately 3-6 weeks post procedure. Also, do not be concerned if you can hear a sloshing or crackling sensation beneath your skin or around your breasts. This will be air, which can get trapped in the breast pocket mid surgery, which should dissolve within approximately 10 days.

Your stitches are internal and after a couple of weeks following surgery, they will be dissolved. If a stitch pokes out, ensure not to pull on it. Please get in touch with your clinic and a practitioner will be able to remove it. If a light crust reveals on the incision line, leave it and do not try to remove it.

Your breasts will appear fairly high up after surgery, however, they will lower gradually in the following months. Each breast may do so at a different pace, but they will both eventually settle into a natural position.

You will see your final results at approximately six months post procedure, and after that, we advise you to undergo an MRI scan every two years in order to clarify that everything is as it should be.

 

Your breast augmentation surgeon should also provide you with detailed information and advice on your recovery period, and recommended aftercare measures to take in your case.

Our multi-award winning breast augmentation surgeon, Mr Adrian Richards, provides aftercare advice and useful information about your recovery period, as well as a useful insight into aftercare at The Private Clinic, in the video below from his Breast Augmentation video series:

Breast Augmentation Aftercare and Recovery, Breast Implants Post Op Do’s and Dont’s by Mr Adrian Richards

Why choose The Private Clinic?

Our elite medical team are here to support you, offering you the highest quality of care and aftercare at every stage.

We will assign you a Patient Co-ordinator who will be at your disposal at every step of your journey, until full recovery, of whom you can contact with any concerns, at any time, both day and night. Always here to help, we additionally provide a 24 hour patient helpline direct to your surgeon and respective team.

Ensuring that you are fully informed, your specialist breast augmentation surgeon will also discuss with you our detailed recovery guide with aftercare instructions. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions or concerns you may have.

A week after surgery one of our dedicated nurses will see you, and at the end of the line, we will arrange a final consultation with your surgeon.

In the unlikely event of complications after surgery, with The Private Clinic, you will be covered for three years post-surgery for re-admission, covering all hospital, nursing and surgical care. We offer lifetime guarantee on the implants, and a warranty of £1000 towards any surgical fees for 10 years following the surgery.

“I am currently 10 weeks post op and i couldn’t be happier. The Private Clinic were incredible throughout; I had so much support and care ever since I went for my first consultation, right until after my surgery … The nurses at the clinic were amazing, and I would especially like to thank Aggie, Vicki and Olivia for being the nicest team of people to accompany me throughout my journey.”

“I’m so happy with the results and my care has been perfect from start to finish. Dr Adrian Richards and Aggy are so professional and really listened to what I wanted and made the whole process so easy and informative. I cannot thank them enough it has given me so much confidence and I know they will be there at any stage of my journey if needed.”

To find out more about breast augmentation at The Private Clinic, see our comprehensive website, including answers to FAQ’s, breast surgery before and after photos and further videos from Mr Adrian Richard’s Breast Augmentation Video Series.  If you are at the stage where you would like to arrange a consultation, The Private Clinic offer free consultations nationwide with our highly experienced Patient Advisors, as well as free consultations with our industry leading breast augmentation surgeons, available in Harley Street London, Bristol, Birmingham, Northampton, Leeds, Manchester, Glasgow, Essex and Buckinghamshire.  Consultations can be booked via our website or by calling 03339209135.

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Transgender breast augmentation and Laser Hair Removal U.K. 

At The Private Clinic, we can help you to feel more you. We discuss two popular treatments by our female transgender clients – laser hair removal and breast enlargement surgery.

MTF Laser hair removal

Constantly shaving or waxing hair on your face or body? We know it can be time consuming and difficult to always keep on top of that smooth look. Even more, facial shaving can leave us with that pesky grey shadow in the area.

Searching for a solution? For permanent hair reduction and effortlessly feminine look, laser hair removal is one of the most effective, permanent, quick and convenient options for saying a happy farewell to this unwanted body and facial hair. The procedure can be carried out on most areas including: the beard and jaw line, chest, back, legs and arms, achieving gorgeously smooth results. The results speak for themselves. Many clients see an incredible 80-90% reduction in hair growth after a course of treatments.

You may find that some clinics offer Electrolysis procedures. Although, we only recommend and offer Laser Hair Removal for hair reduction, due to electrolysis being more painful, slower, time consuming and costly due to treating only one follicle of hair at a time.

 How does it work and when will I see results?

The treatment uses light energy to heat hair follicles, and when sufficient heat is created, the follicle becomes destroyed preventing hair-regrowth. Most areas will require about 6 sessions for the best possible results, and after one of our free consultations, we will be able to recommend the amount of sessions for you. However, from the very first treatment, you will see a dramatic improvement.

Is Laser Hair Removal painful?

Laser Hair Removal is a highly popular option as it is a fantastic solution for managing unwanted hair. We liken the feeling to a sharp flick of a finger or ping of a rubber band on the skin. You will notice it but it is not too uncomfortable. Our laser systems also include advanced cooling elements to make sure the treatment is as comfortable as possible.

But which clinic?

Ensure your laser technician has previous experience treating your skin tone and has the latest hair removal equipment. Not all clinics offer machines and laser technicians equipped to treat all skin tones.

In fact, many laser clinics are reluctant to perform laser hair removal on Asian or darker skin due the particular skills and technology necessary, in addition to the risk of hyperpigmentation and burns. However, at The Private Clinic, our combination of practitioner experience and technology means this presents no problem for us.

Hear Aurelie’s Story:

“This has changed my life as I can go out without facial hair being noticed.  I would definitely recommend this treatment for other transgender people.”

38 year old transgender woman Aurelie has had over 20 Laser Hair Removal treatments with us.

Watch her video testimonial (below), for her reasons for choosing treatment and how it changed her life.

 

 Aurelie’s Testimonial on Laser Hair Removal with The Private Clinic

At The Private Clinic, we offer some of the country’s most experienced laser practitioners and nurses for Laser Hair Removal, and represent the UK’s leading non-invasive cosmetic group. By choosing us for your hair removal treatment you can have peace of mind you are in the best possible hands and achieve the results you were hoping for.

Laser Hair Removal is available at our clinics in Harley Street London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Buckinghamshire. We welcome you to come in for a free consultation with one of our expert practitioners, prior to treatment who can provide information, advise you on a treatment plan and answer any queries. Please call us on 0333 920 9135 or visit our website to arrange a free laser hair removal consultation.

MTF Breast Surgery

Transgender breast surgery is one of the most satisfactory solutions for transgender woman seeking a more feminine appearance.

The procedure is chosen by patients whose hormone therapy has failed to produce a sufficient increase in breast size. Whilst hormone therapy usually produces some breast development in patients – most commonly A-cup size breasts, larger sizes are rare.

Transgender breast surgery allows patients to achieve fuller and rounder breasts, with an improved projection from the chest. Other than attaining a more feminine physique, it can be life-enhancing in various ways. Fuller breasts can make a woman feel more in proportion, secure in their identity, attractive and able to fit into clothes of their choice.

What’s the difference between transgender and regular breast surgery?

There is no real difference between the procedures. Genetic male breast tissue is not much different to female tissue, meaning transgender breast surgery involves the conventional breast augmentation techniques.

You will be advised a suitable range of breast implants by your surgeon, who will consider your overall body proportions and aim to match the implants to your frame. In the procedure, a small incision will be made to insert the implants, typically along your breasts’ natural crease. The surgery usually takes 1-1.5 hours, is performed using general anaesthetic and sometimes requires an overnight hospital stay.

Our Specialist Surgeon

Our industry leading breast augmentation surgeon, Mr Miles Berry, is highly experienced in transgender breast surgery procedures.  Mr Berry is a compassionate and highly skilled plastic surgeon dedicated to helping you attain your feminisation goals. A member of BAPRAS, Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and specialised in cosmetic surgery since 2007, Mr Berry is an expert in his field.

Mr Berry offers Transgender Breast Augmentation Consultations at our clinics in London Harley Street. Consultations with Mr Berry can be arranged via our website or by calling 0333 920 9135.

By our FTM Transgender patient, Jacob, the following testimonial provides a fantastic insight into Mr Berry’s approach to transgender surgery:

“Absolutely Fantastic. I had surgery with Mr Miles Berry in October 2017. From the first contact to the latest checkup I have been treated with kindness, respect and dignity. I am transgender so am extremely sensitive about parts of my female body.”

“Fleur Nicholls who I can ring whatever the problem can’t do enough for you. She is so warm and friendly. I am so glad I went private and chose Mr Berry because he is conscientious, dedicated, warm and very professional. All the team were very supportive as a transgender person you’re not quite sure what response/attitude you are going to receive. The staff at night were constantly checking on me and even made me toast and coffee at 1.45am which went down well!”

“ I would and have recommended Mr Berry to other trans people. He has changed my life and I am so glad he and the Private Clinic have been a part of my journey. Can’t thank them enough. Miles Berry you rock!!!!! “

The Private Clinic

At The Private Clinic, our priority and mission is you. We are committed to ensuring you only experience the highest standard of comfort, care, aftercare and service at all times. At every stage, we will always listen and adapt to your individual needs, and only provide honest, transparent advice and information. We have helped improve the confidence of our patients for over 30 years and have achieved a 5 Star Rating and current 9.3 TrustScore on Trustpilot.

If you would like to arrange a consultation for laser hair removal or transgender breast surgery, you can do on our website or by calling 0333 920 9135.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to correct flat or inverted nipples?

Although it is not commonly discussed, inverted nipples are actually very common and around 10 – 20 percent of women and men have inverted or flat nipples. Inverted nipples are not anything to be too concerned about as they are usually present from birth caused by genetics but some people do dislike the appearance of them and seek treatment to help correct the problem.

What are the causes of inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples are caused by the muscles contracting inside the nipple. Inversion occurs when the inward pull of the muscle is stronger that the muscle inside the nipple that pushes it outwards resulting in the nipple taking on a permanent inverted or flat position depending on the severity. The milk ducts within the nipple can also play a big part in inverted nipples, in the majority of cases the nipple is being pulled down by milk ducts that have been shortened.

The severity of inverted or flat nipples is variable and is usually determined by a series of ‘grades. Once you know the grade of your inverted nipple it will help to determine the best course of treatment to correct them.

Inverted Nipple Grades

Grade 1

Grade 1 is the mildest form of inverted nipples. The nipple usually takes on more of a flat position rather than being completely inverted but when they are stimulated either by touch or temperature they are able to evert as normal for a certain period of time before returning back to their natural flat position.

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Grade 2

Grade 2 is a moderate form of inverted nipples. The nipple will appear slightly more inverted compared to Grade 1 and they will still continue to evert when stimulated but they are likely to return to their natural position after just a short period of time, if not immediately after.

Grade 3

Grade 3 is the most severe form of inverted nipples. The milk ducts on a grade 3 nipple are usually very short resulting a permanent inversion even when the nipple if stimulated.

Treatment for Inverted or Flat Nipples

The first stage of treatment for inverted or flat nipples is using a device called a Nipplette. The Nipplette is a plastic suction cup which works by gently stretching the milk ducts within the nipple when the device is placed over the nipple. A Nipplette device can be purchased from the majority of high street chemists such as Boots or online.

The Nipplette device is usually very effective on Grade 1 nipples and some Grade 2 inverted nipples too however those with the more severe Grade 3 will most likely need surgery to achieve the best results. We would always recommend trying the Nipplette device before any surgical procedure as it often provides enough eversion that you don’t have to go ahead with surgery.

If the Nipplette has not worked then you will instead be offered inverted nipple surgery.

Inverted nipple surgery is a relatively quick procedure however there are 2 different techniques;

Stretching

The first technique is called stretching. This is when the milk ducts within the nipple are stretched which releases the pull on the nipple. This option is great for female patients who are concerned about breast feeding as the milk ducts remain intact so it should not affect your ability to breastfeed.

Dividing

The second technique is known as dividing. This is when the milk ducts are divided via an incision which releases the inwards pull. This method is preferred by surgeons as the results last longer compared to the stretching technique. The downside is that it is unlikely you will be able to breastfeed after the procedure.

Inverted nipple correction procedures start from £2,500 for both nipples.

Inverted nipple surgery is performed under local anaesthetic as a day case procedure. It can also be combined with other breast surgery procedures such as a breast enlargement. The downtime after the procedure is minimal, there may be some discomfort initially afterwards but this can be easily managed with pain medication and many patients are able to return back to work within 1-2 days.

To find out more about our inverted nipple treatments or to book a consultation please call 0333 920 9135 or click here.

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Why visit The Private Clinic at London Harley Street?

Our London clinic located in London Harley Street is home to the top medical experts and private specialists in the UK.  We pride ourselves on being able to offer our patients world-class doctors and surgeons in Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, Body Contouring & Liposuction, Hair Transplants & Restoration, and Rejuvenation and non-surgical treatments for Men and Women.

When visiting The Private Clinic at 98 Harley Street you can expect to receive a high level of patient care and satisfaction. We occupy the entire building with consultation and treatment rooms spanning the entire 6 floors and carry out a number of procedures in our in house CQC registered theatres, so there is no need to travel. Our team will ensure you are feeling relaxed and stress-free ahead of your consultation or treatment. The best of Harley Street’s doctors, surgeons, nurses and practitioners will then be on hand to discuss all the latest new treatments and offer you a personalised care plan to ensure you reach your desired goals.

Established for over 35 years, we are confident that we are able to offer you outstanding care, medical expertise, honest advice, patient satisfaction and excellent customer care. To find out more about key values click here.

Our Harley Street Clinic is in London Marylebone and offers the widest range of surgical, aesthetic and minimally invasive treatments performed by only the best plastic surgeons, doctors, vascular surgeons and hair transplant surgeons;

 

Treatment Surgeons
Plastic Surgery ·         Mr Adrian Richards

·         Mr Davood Fallahdar

·         Mr Miles Berry

·         Miss Sujatha Tadiparthi

·         Mr Navid Jallali

·         Mr Paul Tulley

·         Mr Roberto Uccellini

·         Mr Dario Rochira

·         Mr William Van Niekerk

Body Contouring ·         Dr Dennis Wolf

·         Dr Roberto Uccellini

·         Dr Puneet Gupta

Varicose Veins ·         Mr Dynesh Rittoo

·         Mr Constantinos Kyriakides

Snoring ·         Professor Kamami
Hair Transplant ·         Dr Raghu Reddy

·         Dr Kouremada Zioga

As well as our wide range of surgical treatment, we also have a specialist skin treatment centre dealing with common conditions such as pigmentation, wrinkles, sagging jowls, excess hair growth, acne, excessive sweating and thin lips.

Treating thousands of patients every year we pride ourselves on our knowledge and expertise and have a team of some of the most experienced specialists in the industry that can advise on the best treatments including;  wrinkle relaxing injections, laser rejuvenation, dermal fillers, skin rejuvenation peels, micro needling, laser hair removal and non-surgical thread lifts.

Walking through the doors of our Harley Street clinic, you can feel reassured that you will be receiving dedicated pre and post operative care, treatments performed in state of the art clinical or hospital facilities, comprehensive information covering all stages of your procedure or treatment and access to the best Harley street doctors.

Our surgical procedures are carried out at our privately owned hospital located just around the corner from our Harley Street clinic on Fitzrovia Square. Discreetly placed, our hospital offers your privacy and flexibility when it comes to booking your procedure. Our modern facilities, coupled with world-leading expert medical staff, mean only the best for you.

At The Private Clinic our aim is to ensure that every patient’s journey is impeccable from beginning to end. Our commitment to patient care is why we are the proud winners of ‘Best Cosmetic Surgery Practice’ at the 2017 MyFaceMyBody awards and Best UK Clinic Group 2017 at the Aesthetic awards.

We also have one of the highest patients’ satisfaction rates on Trustpilot with a 9.4, 5 star rating and 93% would recommend us to their friends and family.

If you are looking to find out more about our London Harley Street Clinic or book in for a consultation please call 0333 920 9135 or click here.

Our London Harley Street clinic is ideally located close to Primrose Hill, Swiss Cottage, Kensington, South Kensington, Chelsea, Pimlico, Victoria, St Johns Wood, Soho, Regents Park, Marble Arch, Belgravia, Green Park and Holborn.

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How Can I Get Natural-looking Rhinoplasty Results?

When it comes to cosmetic surgery it is a common misconception that you are instantly going to completely different. Although surgery can create a change in your appearance for those that know you well, it shouldn’t necessarily be noticeable for those who are meeting you for the first time.

Rhinoplasty or nose job procedures are always in the headlines and are one of the most commonly requested plastic surgery procedures. Recently Tyra Banks opened up about how she had a nose job at the start of her career which we were otherwise none the wiser about. So how do you achieve natural looking rhinoplasty?

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The perfect nose is not a set template and it will vary from patient to patient. A natural looking result relies on your nose matching the proportions of the other features on your face.

Although it is great to find photos of noses that you like, it is important to realise that although a nose may look great on one person, on another face it would look completely different and probably not as perfect that you once thought it was.

Consultation

A consultation is your first step to achieving a natural looking rhinoplasty result. This is your chance to meet your surgeon and discuss what you would like your end results to look like. Your surgeon will be able to do a detailed physical examination of the nose as well as analysing the other characteristics of the face to ensure that the results that you wish to achieve are harmonious with the rest of your face.

Before and After photos

Ask to take a look at before and after photos of previous nose job procedures that the surgeon has performed. The photos may not be freely available online due to protecting previous patient’s identity but they may have a portfolio for you to look at during your consultation. It will allow you to see the kind of results that they are able to achieve as well as making sure that they don’t follow a ‘one nose fits all’ policy procedure where you may notice a lot of the operated on noses looking the same.

Specialism

Plastic surgeons are often able to perform a wide range of procedures but if you are looking for the best and most natural results then  you should be asking questions such as ‘How many rhinoplasties have your performed’ and ‘How often do you perform nose job procedures?’.  It can take considerable experience to get natural results so choosing a surgeon that specialises in nasal surgery and performs it on a regular basis is advised.

Here at The Private Clinic we know that a rhinoplasty can cover many things and we often get questions from patients in their quest for a natural looking nose such as:

  • How to narrow the bridge of my nose?
  • Can you reshape the tip of my nose?
  • Is it possible to widen or narrow the nostrils?
  • I want to reshape the bridge of the nose?
  • How to reshape the whole profile of my nose.
  • I want to reduce the size of my nose?
  • Can I correct a nose previously broken from a sporting incident?

The answer to all of these is yes however it is always best to come in for a consultation to find out more.

The Private Clinic

We believe the only way to achieve the very best results is to work with the very best staff. We have a respected team of some of the UK’s leading consultant plastic surgeons, including:

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